If you live in a big city like Los Angeles or San Francisco, you do your part for the drought in California by watering your plants less and maybe by showering a song or two faster. But if you live in a small town like Stratford in California’s Central Valley during the drought? You’re trying to not lose your…
In the utterly charming“Once in a Blue Moon” by Steve Boot, a wordless blue alien deals with crushing sadness right up until his planet gets an explorer as a visitor. Then the alien hangs on to the new creature with all it’s worth.
Filmmaker Jack Corpening’s short Trashonauts is “dedicated to human space flight, animal rescue, and cleaning up pollution,” with a nifty musical homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey—and the most adorably animated little magnet ever.
This short film, Hiraeth by Trent Jaklitsch, is absolutely wonderful. Without seeing any actors and without seeing any relationships on screen, you’re still able to develop an emotional attachment to the family through a tour of their empty home. Each room represents a memory in their life and hearing those memories…
People leave memories in the most unexpected ways and when you run into them, you want to hold onto it forever because you don’t know when you’ll ever get it back. Here’s a sad but touching short film about a son re-discovering the Xbox he shared with his late father and the racing game that still holds his father’s…
Horror short The Maiden is described as “a dark tale of real estate, demonic houses, and Photoshop tutorials.” Because who needs a Ghostbuster when you’ve got elbow grease and serious ambition on your side?
Everyone who’s stuck in a dull, repetitive routine can relate to Sisyphus—the Greek king doomed to spend his life pushing a boulder up a hill, only to see it roll down every time he got to the top. James Bascara’s Upon the Rock imagines one man’s odd but seemingly much-needed jailbreak from the drudgery of life.
There’s a star-studded animated feature called The Secret Life of Pets coming out in July, but A Dog’s Life, a short from Belgian animator Pieter Vandenabeele, covers similar subject matter, though it deploys a far more poignant tone. (The owner here, quite frankly, sucks.)
Daniel Gray and Tom Brown wrote, directed, designed, animated, and produced Teeth, a droll yet sinister short about one man’s lifelong obsession with dental health. It builds to a gloriously icky finale, and it’s narrated with the perfect amount of rising disdain by Richard E. Grant.
Here’s something for you to think about when you’ve run out of things to think about. If scissors became sentient, would they still want to be scissors? I mean, they’ve been forced to be executioners and act as mobile guillotines! Here’s a short film from David Sandell showing a scissor escaping the life of being a…
Glenn Paton’s H Positive has an intriguing premise—a fabulously wealthy man, diagnosed with a fatal illness, decides to face death on his own terms—with an insanely dark payoff. Hint: it involves a very special, very carefully designed roller coaster (it’s not “The Devastator,” but it comes damn close). Buckle up!
The scariest place to be when you’re a kid? Alone, at night, in your bed, right before you sleep. You just know right when you close your eyes, all the stuff of nightmares is going to come alive and scare any chance of sleep out of you. And it’s probably all true! Who knows what’s going on around you when you sleep. …
In this video for “Embrace,” by ambient musician Helios and directed by Sean Pecknold, a couple has an argument in the desert that we observe from afar. Then the woman makes an emotional exit into outer space, beelining for another planet.
Set a century after George Orwell’s chilling portrait of a dystopian future, scifi short 2084 works perfectly thanks to the twin powers of simplicity (it was filmed in director Taz Goldstein’s living room) and hilarity (the “annoyed computer voice” has seldom been so well-executed).
Sometimes the person you love is perfect except for one little, tiny, unavoidable, totally obnoxious thing.
If it didn’t mean we’d miss amazing films like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Her, Spike Jonze could have a great career in late night. Earlier this week, the director helmed directed a surreal new opening to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which you should watch here.
The world we live in can be so crappy and depressing, every once in a while it’s nice to remind yourself that there’s plenty of beauty out there. In lieu of a dancing plastic bag, this short film should do the trick.
Who is DuckManBoy? One’s a duck-headed, man-bodied, suit-wearing, long-suffering business type; the other’s a boy-headed, duck-bodied free spirit whose fondness for meat-based shakes sets the bickering duo on a collision course with a madman who’d like to add them to his latest recipe. Gasp!
We all love quoting The Simpsons, but the show has also done tons of quoting of its own, weaving countless references to movies and TV shows into its animation. This clip from Vimeo user cgmzz (Celia Gómez) offers 27 side-by-side comparisons that show just how much detail goes into these homages.
Speaking of his Oscar-nominated animated short We Can’t Live Without Cosmos—about a pair of cosmonauts prepping for a voyage—Konstantin Bronzit told The New Yorker: “[It’s] about our inability to live in human society without exiting, sometimes, to an open space where we can really breathe deeply and freely.”